Apple-Cranberry Crisp

If you’re a bit tired of cookies this holiday season and want to add a simple, festive dessert to the menu, try this super easy APPLE CRANBERRY CRISP.  The oldest kids can peel and slice the apples while younger ones stir the topping ingredients.

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This recipe used 5 C. of peeled and sliced apples, ( I like to mix several varieties for taste.  The only kind I don’t recommend is delicious…it has no flavor) mixed with 1C. dried cranberries that have been soaked in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes.  Pour off the water and add the berries to the apples along with  3 T of sugar, and 1/2 t. cinnamon.  Stir until coated with the sugar and pour into a 8 x 8 inch pan. (see photo above).

Prepare crisp mix using the following ingredients: 3/4 C rolled oats, 1/2 C. whole wheat flour, 1/3 C. brown sugar, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 C. cold butter cut into chunks.  Process this in a mixer or food processor until butter is reduced to pea-size crumbs.  Sprinkle over the apple mixture until covered.  Lightly press to an even layer.    apple and cranberry crisp (See photo below).

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until a fork can pierce the apples easily and the top is crispy and browned.

You can serve this warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.  It’s also great stirred into plain yogurt.  It can be made a day or so ahead of time and is perfect for a covered dish or buffet party.